There were no new episodes of Encounter (Boyfriend) this week and only time will tell if the preemption will hurt its momentum and ratings. Episode 8 ended on a swoony kiss and confirmation that the flirtatious some relationship of leads Jin Hyuk and Soo Hyun is now flat out like, but they don’t have the luxury of just dating like normal people to figure out if they are compatible in the long haul. It feels like all or nothing because of all the pressure, and grasping needy people around Soo Hyun, forcing the couple to either stay apart or make some sort of public stand.
That’s unfortunate because while I think Jin Hyuk is what Soo Hyun needs and wants right now it’s not certain they are meant to be forever and I’m fine with that. I’m watching a snapshot moment in a relationship and it’s lovely but the drama villains are manufacturing momentous decisions when none are necessitated by life hence what should be standard lover progression moments take on significance. The breather this week may foreshadow a breather between the OTP as well as the just release preview for episode 9 shows that Jin Hyuk’s personal life goes through the ringer and there may be a separation in store, with a reunion to come.
Preview for episode 9: